Press Release

City of Dade City Enlists Retail Strategies for Retail Recruitment and Downtown Redevelopment


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 8, 2023) – Dade City, Florida has partnered with Retail Strategies, a national community development firm, to create and implement a retail recruitment plan for the city. The Retail Strategies team will act as the representative for Dade City to attract potential retail and restaurant businesses. This strategic collaboration will provide the city with the opportunity to expand its retail outlets and further enhance the local economy.

Additionally, the partnership will focus on placemaking for the city’s downtown area from the Downtown Strategies team at Retail Strategies. To spur action, the Downtown Strategies team will take a walking tour of the area, followed by a strategic visioning workshop with downtown merchants and key stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities. This collaborative effort will guide the direction of the strategic plan Downtown Strategies creates.

“We want to tell the retail and business community that Dade City is ‘Open for Business’. Investing in a partnership with Retail Strategies for both our national retail strategy and to focus on taking our downtown is just the first step. Retail Strategies has a proven track record of bolstering economic and community development in cities nationwide and we are thrilled for them to get started in Dade City.”

City Commissioner, Scott Black

“We have been working toward a partnership with Dade City for quite sometime, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the city’s progress. It has so much potential given its location and being the county seat,” said Sarah Beth Thornton, Vice President of Business Development. “The city’s strong leadership makes me confident that this collaboration will be successful, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results!”

About Dade City, Florida

Located in the rolling hills of eastern Pasco County, Dade City typifies what many people think of as “old” or “historic” Florida by virtue of its physical features, its pioneer heritage, and the spirit of its residents. Established in 1889, Dade City is the county seat of Pasco County, and also serves as a commercial center for an area encompassing more than 7,500 residents and 7 square miles. Dade City’s downtown restaurants and unique gift shops are popular attractions for visitors and residents alike.

Dade City’s local economy has historically been tied to agriculture, centered primarily on citrus and cattle production. Over time, employment has shifted more to innovative, manufacturing, and service industry jobs, many of which are clustered around Dade City’s central core and Dade City’s Business Center. The City’s downtown district was an early participant in the Main Street Program, and today continues to thrive and promote Dade City as a successful example of community redevelopment efforts.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in community development and retail economic development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality-of-life amenities. We confidently pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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